This is The Open University’s website for news. It contains topical content, with expert commentary from our academics, along with graduate case studies and what the OU has to say about developments across the Higher Education sector. We are the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning.

Day-to-day editorial management of this site’s content is provided by the Media Relations Team. The overall Editor in Chief is Lucian J. Hudson, Director of Communications.

You can also read copies of recent and historic OU press releases.

Contact the team

For all out of hours enquiries, please telephone +44 (0) 7901 515891. You can email the team at

Rachel James
(Interim) Head of Media Relations

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Tel: +44 (0) 1908 653343
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Christine Drabwell
Media Relations Officer

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Tel: +44 (0) 1908 858673
Mob: +44 (0) 7990 827027

Darry Khajehpour
Media Relations Officer

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Tel: +44 (0) 1908 652520
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Kath Middleditch
Media Relations Officer

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Tel: +44 (0) 1908 655026
Mob: +44 (0)7771 810098

Robyn Bateman
Communications Officer, Digital and Editorial

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Tel: +44 (0) 1908 332424